COME AS YOU ARE: PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR VIEWING
Realtors are important but, when it comes to selling a house, much of the onus remains on your shoulders - this is especially true when it comes to staging. If you want to showcase your home in the best light, you’ll need to work hard to declutter, depersonalize, organize and clean thoroughly or risk turning away potential buyers.
As you’re setting up your home for viewers,
A FEW DECLUTTERING MANTRAS TO GET YOU STARTED ON YOUR JOURNEY
Like goes with like.
Your house should be a home, not a store or a storage. You should use the store as your storage.
Keep it neat.
Keep, discard, donate.
Clear space, clear mind.
Be able to find what you want when you want it.
Done is better than perfect.
Everything should have a home.
Get rid of the easy stuff first (trash, donations, etc.).
If you were looking for an item, where would you look for it?
A place for everything and everything in its place.
Would the future you
A PRACTICAL RESOURCE GUIDE TO DECLUTTERING YOUR SPACE
Whether you're preparing to move or simply want more space, decluttering is a useful step towards organizing your house. Plus, research shows that eliminating clutter can help alleviate anxiety, making for a more soothing atmosphere. Decluttered Life TX helps people take this step towards a more harmonious home. Read on for a quick guide to decluttering.
DECLUTTERING AND BEYOND: HOW TO MAKE TIME FOR SELF-CARE WHEN YOU'RE SELF-EMPLOYED
Self-care sounds nice, doesn’t it? But before you can indulge, you have to make the time. Here are a few strategies to free up hours at work so you can use them to better yourself:
WHY IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO SPRING CLEAN (AND HOW TO GET STARTED)
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As the seasons change and the world comes back to life, it’s time to refresh our homes as well. You might be tempted to skip your spring cleaning this year, but decluttering your home can help you declutter your mind. If you’re planning on selling your home soon, an added benefit is that your house will be ready for a showing. Just make sure you clean up after your pets and remove them from the home as well. A good spring cleaning will not only improve your home, but it will leave you feeling mentally and physically ready to tackle the rest of the year. Here are some tips to help get you started, presented by Decluttered Life.
TIME LAPSE DECLUTTERING
A 4-hr decluttering project of two different rooms. The second half of the video is organizing all the donations. Enjoy!
Why the hedgehog picture? Because, why not? They're just so cute!
Kelly Ghavidel with Decluttered Life is a professional organizer in Katy, Texas.
ARE YOU LOSING MONEY BY NOT HIRING AN ORGANIZER?
During my time as a professional organizer, I’ve heard people say they don’t want to spend the time or money decluttering their space. This is a valid argument: some people believe they can’t afford a professional organizer, and others have busy lives and seemingly can’t take the time to organize on their own. However, this begs the question: What does it cost you to NOT hire a professional organizer?
Let’s start by looking at the obvious:
IS YOUR ORGANIZER YOUR THERAPIST?
I would never claim to be a therapist (because I’m not), so this blog post has nothing to do with me practicing therapy or even claiming that hiring a professional organizer is a substitute for therapy from an actual licensed therapist. IT IS NOT. I would encourage anyone who’s already in therapy or wants to start therapy for having extreme clutter and disorganization, to please do so. 100%!
With that being said, as an organizer, I’ve come to appreciate what it really takes for some to get organized and remain organized.
WHY DO WE HOLD ON TO STUFF?
There are many reasons people hold onto things. Attaching emotion to random items in our homes is one of the biggest reasons. In reality, no matter what the item is, it has an emotion attached to it. I’m not talking about a piece of junk mail or a broken pen (although some people are attached to those as well). I’m talking about items that we’ve kept for years because we just can’t let go of the memories they hold.
A COMPLETE HOME ORGANIZATION
A couple reached out to me to declutter & organize their entire home. They’d been dealing with health issues for years, had neglected their home, & felt like they could never catch up. After meeting with them, I came up with a plan, created a "to do list", & got started. After several weeks, we checked off everything on that list. During a few of those weeks, they dealt with the flu & pneumonia but after feeling better, they picked up right where we had left off. They were determined to complete this project to make their cluttered house a comfortable home.